Damian Green sacked after ‘misleading statements’ on porn claims

From BBC News: Damian Green, one of Theresa May’s closest allies, has been sacked from the cabinet after an inquiry found he had breached the ministerial code.

He was “asked to quit” after he was found to have made “inaccurate and misleading” statements over what he knew about claims pornography was found on his office computer in 2008.

He also apologised for making writer Kate Maltby feel uncomfortable in 2015.

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Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt admits false claims over mental health

From Channel 4 News: The Tory health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has been forced to re-write parliamentary records after making a false claim about mental health.

Speaking on World Mental Health Day, he told MPs: “We’ve got 30,000 more people working in mental health today than we had when [Labour] left office.”

He repeated this again, saying: “We have 30,000 more professionals working in mental health than when my Government came into office.”

But when questioned by FactCheck, the Department for Health admitted that Mr Hunt’s figure includes all professionally qualified clinical NHS staff in England – not just those working in mental health.

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Police announce ‘significant’ investigation into Tory election call centre

From Daily Mirror: Police say they are carrying out a ‘significant’ investigation into a secretive call centre operating on behalf of the Conservative party in the run up to the election. An undercover investigation at the Blue Telecoms call centre in South Wales claimed the cold-call centre broke data protection and election law.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg was reported to Parliamentary standards watchdog for failure to declare interests

From The Independent, December 2014: A leading Conservative backbencher was reported to Parliament’s standards watchdog after speaking in four Commons debates in support of the tobacco, mining and oil and gas industries without declaring that he is a founder and director of a firm with multimillion-pound investments in the sectors.

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Tory MP appears in court for expense fiddling over election battle bus

From The London Economic:Tory MP and his two aides accused of misdeclaring expenses after breaching election campaign spending limits in the 2015 general election will face trial, a court heard today.

South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, 50, is said to have not properly reported expenses in his local return.

Mackinlay, his election agent at the time Nathan Gray, 28, and campaign specialist Marion Little, 62, were all charged under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

The charges relate to allegations that the party’s election expenses during the 2015 campaign in the constituency were not properly reported to the Electoral Commission.

Expenses incurred during the campaign in South Thanet were wrongly attributed to national expenditure instead of local expenditure, it is claimed.

Had they done so, they would allegedly have been in breach of spending limits.

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Tory attack ad misrepresents Corbyn views on IRA, says Labour

From The Guardian: Labour has accused the Conservatives of creating “fake news” after a Tory attack video that went viral was edited to show Jeremy Corbyn refusing to condemn the IRA, when in fact the Labour leader said: “I condemn all the bombing by the loyalists and the IRA.”

The 85-second montage of Corbyn’s quotes has been circulating online for the last week and has been viewed 5.3m times, three times more than any other political campaign video. The Conservatives are also paying Facebook to insert it into people’s news feeds. It is subtitled: “On June 9th, this man could be Prime Minister. We can’t let that happen.”

It includes a clip from Corbyn’s appearance on Sky News last month when interviewer Sophy Ridge asked whether he could “condemn unequivocally the IRA”. The Labour leader said: “Look, bombing is wrong, all bombing is wrong, of course I condemn it.” Ridge responded: “But you’re condemning all bombing, can you condemn the IRA without equating it to.” Corbyn said: “No.”

The clip was cut off there but the full quote was: “No, I think what you have to say is all bombing has to be condemned and you have to bring about a peace process. Listen, in the 1980s Britain was looking for a military solution, it clearly was never going to work. Ask anyone in the British army at the time … I condemn all the bombing by the loyalists and the IRA.”

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Fact check: Theresa May claims Jeremy Corbyn is mostly campaigning “within 25 miles of Islington”

Here’s a 30-second video correction to May’s claim, via The Tories Are Killing Britain

Theresa May is rubbish at Geography

Theresa May's has been telling lies again, or else her Geography is terrible.

Posted by The Tories Are Killing Britain on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kent Police passes Tory election fraud investigation dossier to Crown Prosecution Service

From Daily Mirror: Kent police have passed a file on allegations of electoral expenses fraud to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it was confirmed today. The CPS will now review evidence before deciding whether to bring charges against the MPs involved.

#ToryElectionFraud: Kent Police passes Tory election fraud investigation dossier to Crown Prosecution Service. Source:…

Posted by Stop the Tories Channel on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Conservative Party ‘Information Officer’ caught circulating faked Jeremy Corbyn images online

From Evolve Politics: A Conservative Party ‘Information Officer’ has been exposed distributing a widely-shared fake image of Jeremy Corbyn on Facebook in a supposed attempt to embarrass the Labour leader.

The Conservative ‘staffer’, Suzan Walsh, posted an image of Jeremy Corbyn on the doorstep to the group.

However, thanks to fantastic investigative work from the independent blog Skwawkbox, it has now emerged that the photo of Jeremy Corbyn is a bona fide fake, with the source of the forgery allegedly emanating from Conservative Party ’employee’, Walsh.

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